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The Masters Institute in Government Contract Intellectual Property is a 3-day comprehensive advanced course on everything IP in government contracts. Taught by the industry's leading practitioners, this informative program will include interactive dialogue and discussion, keeping you engaged in the subject.

This fast paced program will cover all areas of intellectual property and the latest cases, issues and challenges faced by contractors. 
As the complexity of technology, fierceness of competition, plus the concerns of secure technology and trade secrets grows, this class will help equip you with knowledge to take back to your organization and recognize issues and challenges faced in your IP strategy.

Join outstanding, highly experienced faculty from Crowell & Moring LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program you will:
  • Answer questions regarding IP ownership and limits to ownership
  • Develop a stronger sense of  how to protect and inventory your IP across your portfolio of contracts
  • Determine technical data ownership and rights
  • Understand the FAR and FAR regulations governing IP, tech data and computer software rights
  • Develop and/or understand the contract clauses and interpret the clauses
  • Differentiate costs of direct vs indirect funding 
  • Understand BBP 3.0 
  • Learn the mechanisms in tech transfers 
July 28-30, 2021
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
Travel Info
Standard: $1,450.00
Enhanced: $1,845.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC Locations
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Other Locations
DAY 1    
1.  Introduction to Intellectual Property
•    Trade Secrets
•    Patents  
•    Copyrights 

1)    Computer Software
•    IP Rights in Agencies
•    DFARs Regulations
•    FAR Regulations

2)    Delivery under the Contract
•    Contract Data Requirements (CDRL)
•    Data Accession List (DAL)

4. Rights of IP
•    Government Rights
•    Prime Contractor Rights
•    Unlimited Rights
•    Limited Rights
•    Restricted Rights
•    Government Purpose Rights (GPR)

1.  Development
•    Segregated Development
•    Improvements vs Development

2.    Private vs Government Expenses
•    Indirect vs Direct Funding
•    IR & D Expense
•    Pre & Post Development Documentation

3.  Marking Data at DoD
4. FAR Marking
5. Commercial Software
a..Department of Defense
b. Civilian Agencies

6.  Other Considerations
•    Proposal Markings
•    IP Disclosures in Proposals
•    Commercial Item (FAR Part 12)
•    Patents : Subject Invention

7.  Summary  


1. Sources for Protecting IP
•    Acts
•    UTSA – State Uniform Trade Secrets Act
•    Penalties

1.    Patents
•    Relationship between Patent & Trade Secret

2.    Copyrights

3.    FAR System Patent Rights Coverage
•    Pre-FAR Policies
•    FAR/DFARs Patent Rights Principles

4.    Govt/Contractor Joint Inventions
•    Background Patent
•    Rights
•    Administration Principles
•    Procedures
•    Issues posed by FAR/DFARs Clause

5.    Inventions Subject to Patent Rights Clause
•    Definition of Subject Invention

6.    DoE Patent Rights Clause

7.    NASA Patent Rights Clause

8.    Patent & Copyright Infringement
9.    Recent Developments


1. Overview

•    Legislation
•    Regulations
•    Policies

Segregation & Reintegration
Deferred Ordering
Challenging Data Rights

•    Background
•    Clauses
•    Changes to Clauses
•    Additional Protections

Guidelines for Creating & Maintaining a  Competitive Environment for Supplies and Services in the DoD
•    Background
•    Open Systems
•    IP Strategy

DoD Open Systems Architecture Contract Guidebook for Program Managers

•    Background
•    Fundamental Principles
•    Model Contract Clauses
•    Model Instructions to Offerors
•    Model Evaluation Factor
•    Other Model Factors
Better Buying Power 3.0
•    Concept
•    Sources of Expenditures
•    Stipulating Rights by Fiat
•    Data Rights as an Evaluation Factor
•    Broad Challenges to Rights Assertions
•    Misuse of Data Accession List
DAY 3       
          A. Federal IP in Other than Procurement Contracts

Technology Transfer
•    Definition
•    Mechanisms
•    IP In Public Domain
•    IP Infringement
•    History Until 1986
•    History Since 1986
•    CRADA Defined
•    Issues with IP in CRADAs
•    CRADA Responsibilities

Other Transaction Agreements
•    Definition and History
•    Inapplicable Statutes  
•    Guidance
•    Definition
•    Copyright
•    Patents
•    FOIA and Grants
Miscellaneous Issues
•    Data Rights
•    CRADA Format
•    Disputes
•    Applicable Laws   
•    Liability
•    Indemnification
•    Statement of Work (SOWs)    
•    Lab’s use of In-house/outside contractors for CRADA work
•    Reimbursement
•    Collaboration

  Current IP Issues
  BBP 3.0
  Other Issues and Recap
  • Jonathan Baker
    Partner, Crowell & Moring

    Jonathan M. Baker is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. He practices in the Government Contracts Group.

    Jon advises clients on a wide array of government contracts legal issues, including both federal and state bid protests, prime-sub disputes, gove...
  • W. Jay DeVecchio
    Partner, Washington, Morrison & Foerster
    W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to compl...
  • John McCarthy
    Partner, Crowell & Moring

    John E. McCarthy, Jr. is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring and member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. John has spent more than thirty years litigating all forms of government contracts cases for both large and small government contractors, wit...
  • Keith R. Szeliga
    Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
    Keith R. Szeliga is a partner and Co-Practice Group Leader in the Government Contracts, Investigations, and International Trade Group in Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Szeliga represents clients ranging from small businesses to the nation's largest defense contractor...
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The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Hotel & Room Block Info

We have a room block secured for the Hilton Head weeklong event. For guest room reservations, click here. Group rate is $269 + taxes, plus a Resort Charge of $17/room/night (this is reduced from the normal $28/night). You must make your reservation by July 5, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.


Government Per Diem

Please note that we have reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate. To make a reservation, click here.

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